We like coffee, and will often have twenty or more different roasts on offer, each ground to order. Many of these will either be Fairtrade or will have been sourced as single origin or small co-operative coffees. Nobody wants to be preached to, so we’re not going to go banging on about Fairtrade, ethical sourcing, organic food or buying local. We will just do the best we can. For example, you shouldn’t need to ask whether our eggs are free range – we haven’t bought a battery egg in over 20 years. We always try to have an Ethiopian coffee in stock. In some versions of its origins, Ethiopia is the home of coffee, and as we have Ethopian family members, it seems a natural choice. We like Yirgacheffe’s delicacy, some of the Sidamo coffees are delicious and from time to time we manage to lay hands on rich and vibrant Harar. Beyond this, what’s on offer will depend on what our suppliers have managed to source. One of the delights of single origin or small co-operative coffees is that there is only a limited supply, so when it’s exhausted, something else has to take its place. Sometimes we do have bags of beans for sale, so if you have enjoyed a particular coffee, it’s worth asking – and we may be able to grind the beans for you if you don’t have access to a grinder. We use cafetieres to make our coffee, as we think it’s gentler. It may make service a little slower than if we were using an expresso machine, but good things are worth taking time and care over.
Skye is lucky enough to have its own coffee roaster, the redoubtable Craig Steele of the Isle of Skye Coffee Roastery (find him on Facebook or Twitter @skyecoffee). Craig has just opened a café in Broadford. Jamie and Fiona from Glen Lyon Coffee walked into Windrush by chance, and their enthusiasm for coffee quickly lead to a conversation and an order for some beans. Their coffees have become firm favourites with both us and our customers. Carefully chosen and sourced beans, beautifully balanced roasts. Jamie Grant is also a skilled photographer and his first book “Winter in Glen Lyon” was published in September 2013. (ISBN 978 0955435850) Glenfinlas Coffee have been supplying Windrush since we started. Rob will always come up with something new for us to experiment with, and our standard Colombian medium roast is sourced through them from Alpen Sierra in the States. The decaf Colombian is the best decaf we’ve managed to find so far. Coffee Plant in London probably don’t know that they have been supplying us with a number of organic and fair-trade coffees since we opened, but that’s because they are provided to us through the auspices of Martin Bird in Glen Eynort, a great supporter of the Fair Trade movement. We often have Martin’s map of the Fair Trade cafes on Skye available. Their Cuban is consistently excellent, as is the Sumatra Mandheling. And the lovely cups in the photo of our 2013 Christmas morning coffee are made by Maggie Zerafa at the Bay Pottery (details on our links page).
We thought we would keep a running list of the coffees we have stocked this year, so here’s the first installment as I’m updating the list for some Sumatran Mandheling that arrived today.
Medium roast Colombian Alpen Sierra Med smooth
Decaf Colombian Alpen Sierra
Ethiopia Sidamo Glen Lyon roasted Bright citrus
Ethiopia Sidamo Guji Ardi Alpen Sierra roasted Deeper citrus
Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Glen Lyon Bright floral
Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Coffeeplant Rounded citrus
Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere Premier Cru – Alpen Sierra Yum!
Ethiopia Harare Very strong, earthy
Tanzanian Moshi Peaberry Fairtrade Sweet
Rwanda Coffeeplant Strong, rich
Malawi Coffeeplant Smooth rich rounded
Kenya Gituto AA Glen Lyon Plum, toffee
Kenya Gaturi Peaberry Glen Lyon Blackcurranty
Sumatra Mandheling organic fairtrade Coffeeplant Rich dark
Sumatra Mandheling Alpen Sierra Rich balanced
Sumatra Wahana Glen Lyon Intense, spicy
Papua New Guinea organic fair-trade Coffeeplant Always reliable rich coffee
Caribbean & South America
Colombia Finca Las Mercedes Glen Lyon Bright sweet medium
Colombia Finca El Recuerdo Glen Lyon Apricot, dark chocolate
El Salvador Finca el Fany Glen Lyon Chocolatey
Costa Rica Zamorana Glen Lyon Caramel sweetness
Guatemala Finca Santa Clara Glen Lyon Sweet medium
Guatemala Quiche Chujalense organic Alpen Sierra Rounded
Guatemala fair-trade organic Coffeeplant Dark fragrant
Honduras Finca La Montana Glen Lyon Sweet, citrus
Peru Pantorillo organic Alpen Sierra Slightly smoky rich
Peru Tunki organic fair-trade Coffeeplant Almost nutty
Brazil Alta Mogiana Yellow Bourbon Alpen Sierra Vibrant
Mexico Oaxaca La Lagunilla organic Alpen Sierra Strong, lively
Mexican organic fair-trade Coffeeplant Arrrriiiibbbaaa!
Bolivia Organic Finca Juana Mamani Glen Lyon Velvety delight
Cuban organic Coffeeplant Our most popular dark roast